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Old 09-08-2004, 12:22 PM   #1
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Talking New Linux User

Hey everyone! I'm in the process of installing a dual boot of redhat 9 and WinXP. I'm having a little trouble, but I read through the forums here and found a lot of useful tips and info.

I'm very new to the whole linux environment and I'm installing redhat casue I want to broaded my horizons, so to speak. I'm sure you'll hear from me soon. Later.
Old 09-08-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
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If ur new i personally recommend Mandrake because RH is on it's way out of the Desktop oriented. Mandy's real easy for beginners, but ive heard mixed reviews about 10. 9.1 and 2 are stable though
Old 09-08-2004, 03:43 PM   #3
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Hello, Redhat is a good choice as well. If you decide to stick with redhat the after you get used to it you could look into Fedora Core. It's actually what redhat moved to kinda.

But, to be honest here is what will probably happen.
You will install redhat and if you like it you will start to learn it. Then you will get curious and get other distros. Don't worry, it's normal. I think most peeps have tried a few different ones before settling on one.
I would suggest :Fedora, mandrake, slackware, suse, knoppix, and debian. Although I would get a better understanding of the OS before jumping into debian, slack or gentoo.

Good luck and have fun!
Old 09-08-2004, 10:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips!

I'll take a look into mandrake. My dad gave me his copy of redhat for me to poke around. Its pretty cool....I think I'm starting to get used to the whole linux thing. The only major gripe I have so far about redhat 9 is that it doesn't detect my video card (ATI Radeon 9200). I've searched around for a while about it, and I've found a few articles, including one on redhat's site about a patch that was released last year. But the link they provided to it was dead, and I haven't found anything similar anything else. I know other distros have the support for my card (I'm pretty sure SUSE and Mandrake do...), so I might just get another distro just to save myself some agrivation. Otherwise, redhat is pretty cool....definately a refreshing change from XP.
Old 09-09-2004, 10:21 AM   #5
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Lightbulb newbies in linux must be masters in anything else

as for using linux, i can advise u to use RH Fedora, the newest release of Linux, and it is really working fien with a 2.6 kernel version.
the Gnome is very easy to use and the KDE even easiest.
but to learn linux, u should start over with bash commands, otherwise u will never learn!
cheers and good luck
Old 09-09-2004, 01:12 PM   #6
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if u want to "try" linux the one of the major distro's is a good choice, like RH, Suse, mandrake, but if you want LEARN Linux then i HIGHLY recommend Slackware, there is TONS of help for slackware on here, and trust me you learn more with in one week of slack then you ever would other wise.


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